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The DDA – Are You Aware?. John Johnston of MCA Consultancy. www.mcaconsultancy.co.uk. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 . Unlawful to discriminate against disabled persons in connection with: Employment Provision of goods, facilities or services

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the dda are you aware

The DDA – Are You Aware?

John Johnston

of

MCA Consultancy

www.mcaconsultancy.co.uk

the disability discrimination act dda 1995
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995
  • Unlawful to discriminate against disabled persons in connection with:
  • Employment
  • Provision of goods, facilities or services
  • Disposal or management of premises
  • Employment of disabled persons
  • Establishment of a National Disability Council (DRC)
the dda
The DDA
  • Part 1 Disability
  • Part 2 Employment
  • Part 3 Discrimination in other Areas
  • Part 4 Education (SENDA)
  • Part 5 Public Transport
  • Part 6 National Disability Council
  • Part 7 Supplemental
  • Part 8 Miscellaneous
what counts as a disability according to the law
What counts as a disability according to the law?
  • A mental or physical impairment
  • Adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Adverse effect is substantial
  • Adverse effect is long-term (has lasted for 12 months, or is likely to last for more than 12 months or for the rest of your life)
types of discrimination
Types of Discrimination
  • Direct discrimination
  • Failure to make reasonable adjustments
  • Disability related discrimination
  • Victimisation
reasonable adjustments
Reasonable Adjustments
  • Remove the feature
  • Alter the feature
  • Avoid the feature
  • Alternative means
reasonable adjustments7
Reasonable Adjustments
  • Effectiveness
  • Practicality
  • Cost
  • Disruption
  • Employers financial/other resources
  • Amount already spent
  • Availability of grants
disability awareness common statements
Disability AwarenessCommon Statements
  • “We don’t get disabled people in here”
  • “But we have a disabled toilet”
  • Auditor – “Do you have an induction loop?”
  • Client – “Eh?” or “I don’t know how to work it”
  • “We have a ramp, do we comply?”
disability awareness
Disability Awareness
  • Environment
  • Communication
  • Don’t stereotype – sub-normal, burden, pitiable, sinister (Captain Hook), ridicule (Mr Magoo)
  • Publicity and information
where to start
Where to Start?
  • Access audit
    • Site visit
    • Examination of existing premises, policies and procedures
    • Report
    • Prioritised action plan
audit compliance
Audit = Compliance?
  • No!
  • ‘Snap-shot’
  • Access audit is advice on improvements
  • Step in the right direction
summary
Summary
  • Full weight of the law – 100% success rate
  • Types of discrimination
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Disability awareness
  • Disability access audit
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The DDA – Are You Aware?

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